The 2019 RAV4 vs. the 2019 Nissan Rogue

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There's no segment that has made an impact on the driving public quite like the compact SUV. With incredible versatility, excellent fuel efficiency, and a footprint that makes it easy to drive and park, even in the tighter parallel spots in Indiana and Johnstown, it's the right balance for the modern driver.

The Nissan Rogue and the Toyota RAV4 have been stalwarts of the class since the early days. The segment has changed - and so have these vehicles. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Nissan Rogue have evolved, just like your tastes and needs have over the years. So which one is the right vehicle for you?

Grey 2019 RAV4 parked in front of a scenic overlook 

Which car do I choose? The Toyota RAV4 or the Nissan Rogue?

The 2019 Toyota RAV4 is proof that compact SUVs don't need to fit the same mold. Dramatic angles on the side sheetmetal, and a front end that echoes the Tundra and Tacoma trucks, gives the RAV4 a masculine appearance. The aggressive stance looks ready to take on the world, while chunky design and the available contrast roof helps it to stand out from the crowd.

The 2019 Nissan Rogue is the quintessential boring compact SUV. It is the crowd. A rounded front end, gently sloped roofline, and generic sheetmetal makes it inoffensive but far from outstanding.


Does the 2019 RAV4 or the 2019 Rogue have better Performance Features?

Underneath the hood, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 backs up the aggressive, evolved appearance. Featuring a 2.5-liter engine tied to a direct-shift 8-speed automatic transmission with Snow Mode, it offers 203 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This isn't a sport performance coupe, but it will still be incredibly responsive of the starting line, while being able to merge onto highway traffic and pass with ease. The Snow Mode, as well as the available All-Wheel Drive with Multi-Terrain Select, means the RAV4 won't be slowed down by the snowy winters of Portage or the rainy summers of DuBois.

Built around a 170-horsepower 2.5-liter engine and Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), the 2019 Nissan Rogue doesn't offer the same confidence, regardless of the weather. The lower horsepower means less passing ability, while 175 lb-ft of torque means it is slower off the line, and may not have quite the low-end pull to tackle the steeper hills and mountains of the Greensburg region.

It's not as though the reduced power of the Rogue is going to save you any cash when you're fueling up at Sheetz either. The extra 33 horsepower of the RAV4 actually comes with better fuel economy - while city mileage is the same in both vehicle, on the open roads the RAV4 will get you one or two miles per gallon more than the Rogue, depending on if you go with front- or all-wheel drive.

Grey RAV4 inside a dark showroom 

Are the Safety Features better in the Toyota RAV4 or the Nissan Rogue?

Toyota is known for making their vehicles some of the safest on the road, and the 2019 Toyota RAV4 won't disappoint. ToyotaCare, as well as the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 system is standard on every trim level of the 2019 Toyota RAV4, and includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, the Lane Departure with Steering Assist system which includes road edge detection and Sway Warning System, automatic high beams, Road Sign Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, and Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. This high level of automation and driver assistance means that not only is the RAV4 a star in crash testing, it does its best to keep you from testing that first hand on the roads or Portage and parking lots of Johnstown. On top of this, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking is available on LE trims and up, while Intelligent Clearance Sonar with Rear Cross-Traffic Braking is offered on the XLE trim and up.

The 2019 Nissan Rouge doesn't offer quite as many safety features, and often you have to pay extra. For instance, their Intelligent Cruise Control is not offered on the base level and is a cost-adding option on all but the top trim level. Their ProPILOT Assist, which includes some features that are similar to Lane Tracing Assist and Lane Departure systems, is in the same boat - not available on the base trim, and standard only on the highest trim level. At Toyota, they feel there's no reason to make features like this exclusive to higher-priced trim levels. They want to make the roads of Greensburg a safer place - and so do we. After all, we drive here too.


Is the 2019 RAV4 or the 2019 Rogue a more comfortable SUV?

Both the 2019 Toyota RAV4 and the 2019 Nissan Rogue have similar interior spaces - including nearly identical cargo capacities. So they both have the space and flexibility that you've come to expect from a compact sport utility vehicle.

We all know it's one thing to have plenty of space for passengers, but it's a whole different world when it comes to making it a welcoming space. The RAV4 does it from the start, with supportive seats that embrace the passengers, and materials and finishes that add a hint of upscale to the cabin. The Rogue opts for a more utilitarian approach, including seats that don't quite grab you as comfortably. Both offer heated seats to counter the frigid winter months of DuBois, although only the RAV4 offers heated rear outboard seating for the comfort of your passengers. The RAV4 also offers ventilated front seats, ready to help cool you down in Indiana summers. Or, as any good Pennsylvanian knows, you might need both the heating and ventilation in the same day in spring or fall.

Both the RAV4 and the Rogue offer modern infotainment systems, but the RAV4 offers a six-speaker audio system from the get-go - in the Rogue, you need to upgrade to get six speakers. The RAV4 also offers the JBL with Clari-Fi high definition audio system, which has 11 speakers and includes a subwoofer. The top-end system for the Rogue is a nine-speaker system. The RAV4 also offers the ability to upgrade to an 8.0-inch touchscreen for bigger, better display. The Rogue only offers a 7.0-inch touchscreen.

Inside and out, on the road and under the road, the 2019 Toyota RAV4 is an all-around winner in the compact SUV category. Whether you value responsiveness, comfort, versatility, or safety, the RAV4 trumps the Rogue in all the categories that matter. On top of all that, it comes with the legendary trustworthiness and resale value that all Toyotas have. There's a reason why the RAV4 has been one of the top-selling compact SUVs year in and year out. Here at Colonial Toyota of Indiana, we've seen just how solid these vehicles have been for our customers, which is why we see them as the perfect vehicle for buyers across the region, from Johnstown to DuBois, Greensburg to Portage. So stop in today and see the brand-new 2019 Toyota RAV4 for yourself!

red RAV4 driving away 
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